Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Burberry Loses Trademark in China
Intellectural Property Brief, American University Washington College of Law - January 12, 2014
American University Intellectual Property Brief - January 12, 2014

As Burberry's sales in China have been on the rise, in November 2013 the trademark office of China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce revoked the company's trademark for its iconic tartan pattern.  The office's reasoning for cancelling the trademark was that Burberry had not used the signature beige-black-and-red tartan pattern on leather goods in three years, which in China suffices as grounds to question a trademark's ownership.